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Vegan Formula One Driver Lewis Hamilton Wins Fourth World Title

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Doctors Group Says Vegan Diets Give Athletes Competitive Edge

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine—a nonprofit of 12,000
doctors—applauds Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton, who credits
his vegan diet
for his fourth world title win at the Mexican Grand
Prix on Oct. 29.

"Congratulations to hard-driving Lewis Hamilton whose vegan diet fueled
his fourth Formula One world title," says the Physicians Committee's
Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., who specializes in sports dietetics.
"He joins the growing number of athletes across the world of sports
whose plant-powered diets give them the competitive edge."

Hamilton
started a vegan diet
in September 2017 after watching What the
Health,
a documentary about the detrimental health effects of meat
and dairy products. By mid-October, he was experiencing health
improvements and had no desire to return to animal products.

"It's been 4 weeks being on a plant based diet. I feel the best I have
ever felt in my 32 years, energy is super high, can lift more weight in
the gym, skin is in better condition, feel light, never bloated, feel
fresh. … Am disgusted by what's in the foods I used to eat such as
meat," he wrote on Instagram.

Several National Basketball Association and National Football League
players have also embraced plant-based diets to up their games,
including the NBA's
Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, and Wilson Chandler, and the NFL's David
Johnson
Cardale
Jones
, and Griff
Whalen
.

They join the ranks of plant-based tennis stars Serena and Venus
Williams
and Novak
Djokovic
, and vegan ultramarathoner Scott
Jurek
, who set a speed record for completing the 2,200-mile
Appalachian Trail in 2015. It was a feat of endurance at 46 days, 8
hours, and 7 minutes.

A plant-based diet, which emphasizes whole grains, fruits, vegetables,
and legumes, provides healthy complex carbohydrate for energy, balanced
with the protein and fat the body needs for training sessions and
competition. It also improves blood viscosity for better tissue
oxygenation and glycogen stores for better endurance. A vegan athlete
will get all the vitamins and minerals he or she needs to best perform,
recover, and perform again.

"Plant-based diets promote better blood flow and reduce inflammation,
which can help athletes run laps around their competition," says the
Barnard Medical Center's Stephen Neabore, M.D. "Fruits, veggies, grains,
and beans are the ideal power
foods for athletes
."

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is
a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine,
conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics
and effectiveness in research and medical training.

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